On Sunday, a gunman opened fire during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26. Last month, a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip during a country music festival left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Below are tip sheets and other resources for journalists covering these tragedies.
Thirty-six people have been killed since wildfires began in Northern California last Sunday night, making this natural disaster one of the deadliest in state history.
Seamus Kelters, who died suddenly on September 27, 2017, was an influential chronicler of Northern Ireland’s civil conflict and co-author of Lost Lives: The Story of the Men, Women and Children Who Died As A Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles. An early Dart Center Ochberg Fellow, he played a central role in the evolution of trauma-aware journalism. We asked several friends and colleagues for remembrances of Seamus and his work. Below, reflections and recollections by Susan McKay, Scott North, Donna DeCesare, Frank Ochberg, Joe Hight, Elana Newman, Gavin Rees and Bruce Shapiro. Scroll down for excerpts, and click to the right to read the full pieces.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is extending the deadline for this year’s Ochberg Fellowships to Friday September 29, in recognition of the unprecedented impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as this week’s catastrophic Mexican earthquake, on large numbers of journalists in North America and the Caribbean.
Everybody will end up losing if hate speech is left unchecked.
From the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention, this guide presents evidence that media reports about suicide can enhance or weaken suicide prevention efforts.
Covering terrorism presents myriad challenges for journalists. How can stories of victims and survivors contribute to the public's understanding of current issues while treating those left reeling with dignity and respect? What responsibility do journalists have in helping audiences understand the motivations of a perpetrator of violence? Here, three experts offer advice on covering traumatic experiences as they relate to radicalisation and terrorism.